Wales 1905

During the spring of 904, a young Welshman and coal miner named Evan Roberts was repeatedly awakened at 1:00 A.M. in the morning, and there he met with the Lord in prayer, usually until around 5:00 A.M. He was only 26 and was a man of fervent prayer who's personal Pentecost began when God led him to agonize in prayer over the state of the church and his own soul. As the burden intensified he cried out, "Bend me, bend me, bend the church, and save the world!" He would weep and sweat until he almost felt he was bleeding. Yet when the Holy Spirit filled his heart he radiated a relaxed joy. Evan Roberts had diligently sought the Lord and would encounter the Lord and then he would seek the Lord and encounter the Lord again. Roberts wasn't content living off the memories of those encounters nor was he interested in becoming a local preacher. His burden was for the presence of the Lord and for many friends and neighbors who had remained unconfronted with that presence. And so with a hopeful persistence he sought, repeatedly encountering the Lord and praying for a move of the Spirit in his heart. And then things began to break in Evan's heart. He then asked and received permission from his pastor to speak to a small group of 17 people at Moriah Chapel in Loughor. The next night Evan spoke at a nearby missions chapel and the ice over people's hearts had begun to melt. The pastor asked for testimonies and a young girl named Florrie Evans, who had only been a believer for a few days, rose with a trembling voice and simply said, "I love Jesus with all my heart." That night a decision was made to continue the gatherings and by weeks end some 60 young people had surrendered their hearts to the Lord. Then the spiritual climate over Loughor was altered when people began to worship the Lord. Within 12 days of his first speaking engagement over 800 people were crammed into the small chapel and homes had to be opened for prayer meetings. The presence of the Lord was made known and began to be felt in nearby towns like Aberdare. The word began to be proclaimed everywhere, and in every church, in every home. The prayers of God's people permeated the air as an explosion of God's presence rocked Wales. By Christmas of 1904 the small Celtic country of Wales was in the middle of one of the greatest moves of God in the 20th century. Robert's was a major proponent of singing and worshiping in the presence of God, and as congregations all over Wales did just that souls repented at the hearing of the gospel, and were saved. Jails in mining communities throughout the country were empty, leaving the police without much to do. Reports of dramatic Damascus road salvation experiences filled the land. Many traveling by carriage, who set foot in these Welsh towns immediately came under the influence of the Holy Spirit and received the Lord right there in the streets. Major newspapers sent reporters to debunk the insanity of the masses, which resulted in those reporter's spiritual rebirths. When it was all over, over 152,000 people had received Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. It all happened because one man was moved to fall to his knees to seek the Lord again and again, until the heavens broke loose with the presence of the Lord.

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***